Golden Retriever

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated April 3, 2009)

One of the more favorite hunting dogs in the West is the Golden Retriever. This dog has everything that a good retriever should have: great stamina, a nose that can follow a scent, and lack of aggression (without being a coward). Golden Retrievers are most trustworthy and loyal companions. With his intelligence and love for work he is a very easy dog to train.

The introduction of the Golden Retriever came about in a unique way. In 1860 Dudley Majoribanks went to a circus in Brighton, England, and saw a troupe of Russian performing dogs. He was quite impressed with the performance of these dogs; so impressed that he made an effort to purchase a pair of them. The Russian trainer refused to sell a pair claiming that it would spoil his act. Majoribanks then offered to buy all eight. This proved to be a fortunate purchase as the new owner now had a variety of bloodlines and could do some extensive breeding.

The dogs purchased that year were called Russian Trackers. These dogs came from a very old breed and served a variety of purposes in Russia. One of the main purposes of the Russian Tracker was that of guarding flocks of sheep. The Russian Tracker was a much larger dog than the Golden Retriever, with the original breed weighing as much as a hundred pounds and measured thirty inches from the shoulder.

Majoribanks bred his dogs over the course of about ten years. The size of the original dogs was considered too cumbersome for the sportsmen, so in 1870 it was decided to crossbreed the dogs with a Bloodhound. This cross reduced the breed to its present size and increased his scenting power. It also developed a coat that was slightly darker in color and a more refined texture.

A general description of The Golden Retriever's coat may be either flat or wavy with a good undercoat that is dense and water resistant. The color is that of a rich golden or cream color. The ideal weight for a male adult dog is between 65 and 68 pounds while the female dogs weigh between 55 and sixty pounds. The height ranges between twenty and twenty-four inches from the shoulders.

Additional information on the Golden Retriever can be found at the website for the American Kennel Club.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

MORE FROM DORIS

Ants will not Cross a Chalk or Powder Line

Because ants use pheromones to make and follow trails, you can stop ants in their tracks by using chalk or powder to ...

Discover More

Opening and Cleaning a Stuck Decanter

Getting a stubbornly stuck decanter open and cleaned out can be quite the challenge. This tip provides some guidance on ...

Discover More

Three Household Items to Remove Stains

Sometimes you just need something quick and easy to remove those stains that come at the most inconvenient times. Here ...

Discover More
More Pet Tips

Weimaraner

Extremely versatile, the Weimaraner is very rare and sought after. He is lively, kind, obedient and fearless in nature.

Discover More

English Cocker Spaniel

Bred for hunting, the English Cocker Spaniel is strong and fast with great stamina. He is loving and faithful, making him ...

Discover More

American Water Spaniel

Popular in the Midwest, the American Water Spaniel can withstand harsh weather and heavy current. He is an excellent ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is nine more than 6?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)